New cars 2015

Last updated: Oct 20, 2015

The motor industry is constantly developing and refining its products – something clearly evident from our best cars of 2015. Car manufacturers continue to employ lighter construction materials as well as more efficient and powerful engines and greater standards of luxury and comfort.

Chances are, a new car launched today will be lighter and more economical than the model it replaces, while still offering improved performance and more impressive equipment.

We only need look at touchscreen infotainment systems to see the march of new technology: these were once the preserve of the high-end executive saloon, but are now standard on many new cars. The same is true of sat nav, air-conditioning, reversing cameras and mobile-phone integration.

Take the new Toyota Aygo, for example: it's a small city car, yet it features a tyre-pressure warning system, USB connectivity and hill-start assistance as standard.

Other cars launched in 2015 include the new Mini hatchback and Mercedes C-Class, along with the third-generation Audi TT and the seven-seater Nissan X-Trail – all of which debuted to much acclaim. The ‘new’ Ford Focus and Nissan Juke may only be facelifts when looked at in detail, but they’re big sellers in the UK and have been much anticipated. Read on for our top 10 cars launched in the UK this year.

Mercedes C-Class saloon

One of the biggest and most exciting launches of the year was the new Mercedes C-Class. Mercedes faces tough competition in this class: the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 are both big sellers and hugely competent cars. In order to match or even better these standard-bearers, Mercedes has developed a new interior with a focus on luxury and class. This is coupled with a supremely comfortable suspension setup and 20% better efficiency than before. At launch, buyers had a choice of two diesels and one petrol engine, but there’s also now a Mercedes-AMG C 63 performance version, while a hybrid model will join the range soon. Read more.

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4.1 / 5
Price 
£28,295 - £70,045

Audi TT coupe

It’s hard to comprehend the motoring world’s surprise when the original Audi TT launched in 1998. The car’s graceful, striking lines caught the public’s imagination immediately. Now Audi has launched the third generation. But while some say the latest model isn’t too different from the old car, it’s still capable of drawing the eye with a more aggressive, modern look. Inside, conventional dials have made way for a new 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The new TT was also the first car to get the latest version of Audi’s excellent MMI infotainment system, as well as other developments like smart LED headlights, which can stay on full beam without blinding oncoming drivers. The latest TT is faster, lighter and more efficient than the model it replaces and is likely to continue to be a strong seller for Audi, as well as a highly desirable car in general. Read more.

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4.5 / 5
Price 
£27,585 - £41,050

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback

Vauxhall’s new Corsa is an important and big-selling vehicle for the brand. In styling it, Vauxhall played things relatively safe, borrowing from the successful looks of the Adam, its popular city car. The interior was a key focus for development and Vauxhall worked hard to improve its quality and usability. The Corsa gets an Intellilink seven-inch touchscreen system, which pairs with your smartphone as well controlling the stereo and bringing the increasingly standard colour LCD screen to this popular supermini. The Corsa is available with a range of engines, including a frugal 1.3-litre turbodiesel, but the real highlight is the new 1.0-litre petrol engine which is both powerful and economical. Read more.

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4 / 5
Price 
£9,595 - £17,825

MINI hatchback

The re-imagined MINI that launched in 2001 quickly became a benchmark on our roads. The latest version is faster and more powerful than the car it replaces, while also being more economical. The Cooper D can manage 0-62mph in an impressive 7.8 seconds while returning more than 70mpg. The classic Mini’s iconic central display has been retained, but it now houses sat nav and infotainment functions instead of a simple speedometer. The boot (always a MINI sticking point) is 30% bigger than before, so this small car now offers more practicality. Plus there’s even a five-door version available, which provides even more room. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£14,075 - £21,400

Ford Focus hatchback

Unlike some of the cars here, the Ford Focus is more of a facelifted model than an all-new car. Nonetheless, the new model addresses one of the focus’ biggest problems – non-descript looks. The new car is much more striking thanks to a classy chrome grille. It also gets a better quality cabin, kit such as Ford’s SYNC 2 infotainment system, which can read aloud incoming text messages, and a range of new engines. The car’s suspension has also been updated and the Focus should remain the most fun-to-drive model in its class. Read more.

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4.4 / 5
Price 
£15,995 - £25,885

Nissan X-Trail SUV

Maybe Nissan took a look at its wildly-successful Nissan Qashqai SUV and thought “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” when designing the new Nissan X-Trail. Its styling is more family-friendly than the fairly rugged look of the car it replaced. Inside, the interior is a great leap forward, with a touchscreen display, Bluetooth and cruise control. The X-Trail is the only Nissan SUV available with seven seats and its four-wheel-drive system ensures it can get itself out of trouble in the rough stuff – plus, it can revert to two-wheel drive to save fuel. Coupled with stop-start technology, this makes the latest X-Trail more economical than ever. Read more.

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4.2 / 5
Price 
£21,995 - £32,780

Renault Twingo hatchback

The original Renault Twingo went on sale back in 1992, but wasn’t officially sold in the UK. The second-generation was a fairly slow seller, but the latest Twingo looks great, and thanks to the engine mounted in the boot, is a great round-town runabout. That rear-mounted engine frees up interior space and its rear-wheel-drive setup gives it an extremely tight turning circle. Two petrol engines are offered, with either 69 or 89bhp, both of which return close to 70mpg. It looks great but even so, plenty of options are available, meaning buyers can really stand out from the crowd. Read more.

Key points

4.2 / 5
Price 
£9,495 - £13,445

Nissan Juke SUV

When the latest version of the Nissan Juke launched, one of its selling points was how much it could be customised. Buyers can specify the colour of multiple exterior and interior items, from the wheels to the floor mats and centre console. And in an attempt to reduce running costs, the old 1.6-litre petrol engine was replaced by a tiny 1.2. This new motor is more economical and has lower CO2 emissions. The latest Juke also boasts improved sat nav, a 360-degree ‘bird’s-eye’ camera and blind-spot monitoring – so this is a stylish car that’s also easy to live with. Read more.

Key points

3.6 / 5
Price 
£13,995 - £22,095

Toyota Aygo city car

Developed in conjunction with the Citroen’s C1 and Peugeot 108, the Toyota Aygo is certainly the most striking of the trio. It gets an updated version of the previous model’s buzzy three-cylinder engine, which means improved fuel economy and emissions. Toyota listened to customer feedback and ensured that this version would be quieter and more refined on the motorway, although its power output may not be enough for regular long-distance drivers. The Aygo’s looks are one of its biggest selling points, and the striking front end means that although it’s small in stature, it has a great deal of street presence. You can even choose a version with a ‘roll-back’ fabric roof. Interior and boot space are also better than before, as is the equipment list. Read more.

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3.2 / 5
Price 
£8,945 - £14,570

Skoda Fabia hatchback

Skoda’s latest Fabia is more spacious, comfortable, quiet and better equipped than the model it replaced. Sharing its chassis with the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza, it’s a comfortable and competent hatchback. With the latest generation of Volkswagen group engines and gearboxes to choose from, the Fabia is a lot of car for your money. Performance and refinement have improved greatly and while the Fabia isn’t quite the bargain it once was, it still offers more than comparable brands at better prices. Once again, there’s only a five door version of the hatchback available, but there’s an estate model for those seeking extra space. Read more.

Key points

4.1 / 5
Price 
£10,750 - £18,025